Honoring Newington Volunteer, Karen Orvis
Volunteer Role: Dog Walker
Length of Service: 1 year, 4 months
I volunteer because … I love all animals.
My favorite part of volunteering is … seeing the dog’s excitement when I take them out for a walk—the wagging tails, the happy smiles.
I love animals because … they give so much love back. Their emotions are honest.
I know I am making a difference because … I see the change in the dogs’ personalities, from shy or distant when I first take them out, to the way they hold their heads up, smiling and wagging their tails after just a few minutes’ interaction.
When I’m not at CHS I’m … gardening or at the beach in the summer, or knitting and crocheting in the winter.
My occupation is … Lab Processor at the Hospital of Central Connecticut.
I’ve been married … 20 years.
My hidden talent is … the piano.
Most people don’t know that I … used to be a truck driver.
My favorite book is … ALL! I used to be a librarian.
My favorite restaurant is …. Lenny & Joe’s.
My advice for new volunteers is … Enjoy and don’t be afraid to ask the staff questions—they’re great.
I’ll never forget when I was volunteering and … we saw a deer with two fawns on the trails.